72 colour photographs by Wolfgang Zurborn
Text by Ror Wolf
Language: German and English
100 pages, hard cover, format: 24x30,4 cm
Editor: Achim Heine
published by Verlag Kettler, Dortmund
Design: Heine/Lenz/Zizka,
Conceptual cooperation: Richard Reisen
Release date: April 20, 2015
ISBN: 978-3-86206-475-5
Price: 38.- Euro
With the images of his work “Catch”, Wolfgang Zurborn takes us into a very idiosyncratic, whimsical world in which scenes and objects of everyday life seem to be out of kilter. The curiosity to experience, the search for communication, to long for images that tear us out of the routine consumption of normal media image clutter: images with irritating cutouts, surprising compositions and unusual perspectives. Such an irritation is necessary to reflect upon what we encounter in everyday life.
A more mysterious way of seeing evokes questioning of how to look and thus penetrate further into the various layers of the visible. The world as a collage will not dissolve in a unique punch line but rather expand itself in disparity. Space between things is very important. It leaves us room for imagination. The images themselves become catalysts to the experience diverse perception. They extend the visions for the discovery of the seemingly trivial——Catch!


Solo exhibitions
2020 Sights
Sights Iris BookCafè & Gallery, Cincinatti, United States
2016 Catch
5th Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore, Singapore
2015 Catch
Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus, Augsburg, Germany
2015 Catch
Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg, Halle, Germany
2015 Catch
Galerie Lichtblick, Köln, Germany
Group exhibitions
2019 An Ort und Stelle - Fotografie des Gegenwärtigen
Kunstmuseum Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany
2018 Street. Life. Photography - Street Photography aus sieben Jahrzehnten
im Rahmen der Triennale der Photographie
Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
2017 Living Inventory
Projektraum Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2017 Eyes on Nature
Fotografie und der künstlerische Blick auf Natur
Künstlerhaus Metternich, Koblenz, Germany
2017 Um ein Haar
mit Stefanie Minzenmay
Studio Bronx, Neuss, Germany
2016 Inside Out Fotografie,
BBK Kunstforum, Düsseldorf, Germany
2016 Listen to the Photographs
Alte Feuerwache, Köln, Germany
2016 Die Erfindung des Realen
European Month of Photography Berlin
Kunst- und Kreativhaus, Potsdam, Germany
2015 Imagine Reality
Fotoprojekte RAY
MAK, Frankfurt, Germany
2015 Catch
Projektion bei dem Just Another Photo Festival
New Delhi, India
2015 Catch
Projektion bei dem Organ Vida, Int. Photo Festival
Zagreb, Croatia
2012 Catch
Shortlist des Photobook Awards 2012
Le Bal, Paris, France


Wolfgang Zurborn

Auslöser, Edition 1 - March 2019

by Niko Havranek & Sebastian Gansrigler

Interview by Niko Havranek & Sebastian Gansrigler with Wolfgang Zurborn on 28 pages with 24 images from the series “Frontgarden of Illusios”, “People Pictures - Picture People”, “LUsionen”, “dressur real”, “At the Centre of Speed”, " Drift", “Catch”, “In the Middle of the West” and “Karma Driver”



Fotómüvészet, Budapest, 4/2015

by Anne Kotzan



Gup Magazine

by Greg Andruszczenko

The decisive moment is a term appropriated by photography in the 1950s and ascribed to Henri Cartier Bresson’s work, describing the intuitive moment to freeze time, capturing an action at the arc of its curvature.

Wolfgang Zurborn’s newest photobook Catch captures multiple events into one pivotal moment. What a drifting eye sees as a continuum of simultaneous events, Zurborn catches and articulates as multiple decisive instantce, forced together with his framing. The photographs seem to be captured in an ordinary glance, perfectly lifted from daily life, but structured in an eye-gyrating combination. The images draw our attention to the cacophony of simultaneous events in daily life that pass us by unendingly. The resulting images are at once simple and at the same time complex in their seemingly collage-like assembly.

Zurborn is a master of rhythmical layout. On the left page, the paths in a park converge to a line made by the meeting of two panes of glass, which point our eye to the right page where the line splits into multiples, which hold taut a billowed out tent-like structure. The composition is complimented on the following two pages by a hanging fishnet, and further a children’s playground built of converging aluminium skeletons, ending in a squared off angle, amidst a background of high-rises.

The following page picks up on the square structure presenting a behind-the- scenes view of a street sign leading next to a staircase, where the composition circulates between three human subjects, simultaneously looking at each other and outwards beyond the frame, stirring our eyes around the page. Next, a blank page is followed by a sitting – maybe hanging – teddy bear. Pause. And so forth through the book.

Catch bangs out a fierce yet loosely controlled rhythm with an improvised jazz sensibility, seeming to meander off beat, but always on. The pace of the book is quick-paced, easy to flip through and catch the beat, but invites further exploration of the individual pages. Zurborn, a German photographer and educator, seems to gleefully break the tradition of the formal, structurally analytical Dusseldorf school in which he was brought up, allowing instead the viewer to make their own analysis. In place of the stark tradition of repetitive analysis, Wolfgang’s images bounce with colour and energy, if they were indeed music to which you’d dance barefoot on a dusty floor, giving in to tribal beats pounding from a hyper saturated world.

This rhythmical layout of the book takes precedent over the beauty of each page’s composition, yet each image invites us to explore it deeply within its aggressively framed full-page print. In one layout our eye chases a flying yellow volleyball watched by several onlookers, some of which are aware of its approach, none of which seem fully ready to receive the ball. Catch challenges us to question our surroundings, stand back, and not take life so seriously.

Flying balls, brilliant colours, sliding linear compositions, surreal mini putt courses, all bouncing faster than Olympic ping pong match back and forth throughout the book are complemented by the frantic introductory composition by collagist, artist and writer Ror Wolf. The entire package is beautifully wrapped in a transparent orange plastic, gently filtering the image underneath, but just enough to remind us to peel back the filters, catch what’s in front of us daily, and pause, and enjoy the ephemeral absurdity of every day.